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1999 İzmit earthquake
1999 İzmit earthquake is located in Turkey
Date {{{date}}}
Duration 37 seconds
Magnitude 7.6 Mw
Depth 15 km (9.3 mi)
Epicenter location 40°49′N 29°59′E / 40.81°N 29.98°E / 40.81; 29.98Coordinates: 40°49′N 29°59′E / 40.81°N 29.98°E / 40.81; 29.98
Type Strike-slip
Countries or regions affected {{{countries affected}}}
Max. intensity IX (Violent)
Tsunami 2.52 m (8 ft 3 in)
Casualties 17,118–17,127 dead
43,953–50,000 injured

The 1999 İzmit earthquake was an approximately 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck northwestern Turkey on August 17, 1999. It happened at around 3:02am local time. The event lasted for 37 seconds, killing 15,135 people and leaving approximately half a million people homeless.

After the quake international support came to the area including former United States President Bill Clinton who visited the people who had been affected from the quake in Adapazarı. The quake also caused damage in Istanbul. [1]